Writing to buoy us

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Writing to get you through:  A six-week online writing workshop

We are living in unprecedented times with a global pandemic, not to mention a scary looming climate crisis. Across the world people are increasingly suffering and isolated.

My goal is to do something positive and link up writers in my two homes – London and Perth, Australia (at least to start with) and create a writing group responding to what we are seeing around us, responding to extraordinary times, finding the best in ourselves and others, discovering resilience and beauty in the world we love and inspiration from our writing.

This six-week online workshop is for writers of prose, poetry, memoir – to spur creativity, to generate and share ideas and writing, to hone our craft and for the joy and sustenance of sharing in challenging times.

We’ll share experiences and observations. I’ll provide prompts and poems and there’ll be plenty of time to write and share writing. The last session will be dedicated to sharing pieces honed from the previous weeks.

 How does it work?

Download Zoom, it’s very easy to use (you can use it on a smart phone – but you get  better/more functionality on a laptop or computer. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Links each week will take you straight into the group (video conference so we can see and hear each other.

By donation: Please don’t feel pressure. Don’t worry about paying anything if you are struggling – I don’t need any details – just join!  IF you can afford it  £80 GBP or $160 AUD – I know many freelancers have lost all their income.

Send me a message first to confirm there are places left. Contact me here: https://cathdrake.com/contact-me/

Timing:  Thursdays from 9 April, for six weeks, once a week (and possibly ongoing)

Perth, Australia time: 6.30 – 8.30pm  (Melbourne and Sydney 8.30-10.30pm I think ?)

UK Time (GMT +1): 11.30– 1.30pm

It will be limited to 10 participants.

If this time doesn’t suit you but you want to do it, please get in touch and tell me which days or evenings suit just in case I can run another.

I also do online mentoring

Mini online poetry masterclasses: watch this space. I’m thinking of hooking up writers who have lost income across their globe to offer short amazing masterclasses.

About me:  I’m Australian living in London, teaching writing workshops in both UK and Australia places (including a month residency at The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writer’s Centre in 2018).  I’m a freelance poet and nonfiction writer. My collection ‘The Shaking City’ comes out in April 2020 with Seren Books – it follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice.

I’ve published in literary journals in UK, US, Australia and Ireland, was included in Best Australian Poetry 2014, won two Arts Council England awards and short-listed for prizes including the Manchester Poetry Prize, and was second in the 2017 Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) and highly commended in 2019.

I’m an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer who has created radio documentaries and newspaper columns for over a decade in Australia, winning the Alex Harris Medal for Science and Environment Writing, CSIRO Award for Excellence in Science Journalism and Greening Western Australia Community Awareness Award for Communications.

I’m also a mindfulness teacher – open to running online coaching, workshops and courses. I co-run  a monthly workshop at my Buddhist centre on resilience in a changing world.